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Old 07-29-2009, 02:15 PM   #1
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Rally Stuff Ford & Citroen commits to WRC ...

Ford of Europe has confirmed that it will continue its commitment to the World Rally Championship for the next two seasons, bringing to an end speculation that the Blue Oval could quit the sport.

In an announcement ahead of Rally Finland this weekend, Ford confirmed that Malcolm Wilson's M-Sport company will remain in charge of the WRC programme, which will continue with the Focus in 2010 before Ford switches to the new Fiesta S2000 for 2011.

Despite continued question marks over his future due to a number of high profile errors during the season to date, Jari-Matti Latvala will be retained as part of the driver line-up alongside current championship leader Mikko Hirvonen. Backing will also continue from both BP and Abu Dhabi.

"We've worked closely with Malcolm and M-Sport to reach this point, and today's announcement is important because it emphasises the commitment that we share about maintaining Ford's prominent position in motorsport globally,” Ford of Europe chairman and CEO John Fleming said. “This renewed commitment builds on the excellent relationship that we have with Malcolm and his dedicated team.

"The WRC is motorsport's toughest competition for production-based vehicles and we're delighted to be extending our participation. I believe that our successes in WRC and other motorsport disciplines give Ford employees the opportunity to be proud of the company for which they work. I hope they will share my pride at seeing Ford's vehicles on the winners' podium around the world for years to come.”

Ian Slater, Ford of Europe's vice president of communications and public affairs, added that the company was keen to try and add to the championship titles secured in recent seasons and said he was confident that continued involvement in the WRC would prove to be beneficial to the company.

"Everyone at Ford is proud of our long heritage in Motorsport, and proud of the successes we've enjoyed in WRC, particularly our world titles in 2006 and 2007,”he said, “and this new commitment with Malcolm to WRC shows that we are hungry for more success.

"Just as the World Rally Championship is important to Ford, we understand also how important Ford's continuing participation is to the WRC itself. Everyone is working hard to make international rallying more attractive for manufacturers, the news media, and the viewing public, and we're confident that this will increase the benefits to Ford, and draw in more competitors in the coming years.”


Link: Crash.net WRC News - Ford

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Citroen has confirmed that it will continue to compete in the World Rally Championship in 2010 and 2011.

In an announcement ahead of the Neste Oil Rally Finland this weekend - coming just hours after Ford also said it would remain for a further two seasons - the French manufacturer noted that the decision to stay was based on the fact 'world rallying forms an inherent part of its DNA', allowing it to 'showcase its principle of creative technology'.

Furthermore having racked up four manufacturers' titles, five drivers' world championships and 58 victories the team's crews have demonstrated Citroen's 'performance, quality and desire to succeed all over the roads and special stages of the world', added the Total-backed outfit.

"In the current tricky financial climate, it is important to keep on expressing ourselves through motorsport and through the victories of our teams and cars," continued Olivier Quesnel, the director of Citroen Racing.

"The FIA World Rally Championship, where the costs remain contained, is an excellent promotional vehicle.

"Citroen Racing is delighted by the trust that has been placed in us by Citroen's board of directors and the PSA Group."


Link: Crash.net Citroen commits to WRC
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Old 07-29-2009, 02:18 PM   #2
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That's good to hear...no let's hope Ford brings over a hot Fiesta for us to play rally with
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That's good to hear...no let's hope Ford brings over a hot Fiesta for us to play rally with
Good idea:

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Old 07-29-2009, 02:32 PM   #4
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That is great news for WRC. Will be interesting to see their transition from the Focus to the Fiesta after 2010.

Only, I can't see why they are keeping Latvala. Anyone who crashes during the very last stage (a super special, no less) throwing away 2nd place should go back to Group N to work on some concentration and discipline. He has great talent, but he's not quite there yet.
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Old 07-29-2009, 02:40 PM   #6
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Old 07-29-2009, 04:19 PM   #7
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...can't see why they are keeping Latvala. Anyone who crashes during the very last stage (a super special, no less) throwing away 2nd place should go back to Group N to work on some concentration and discipline. He has great talent, but he's not quite there yet.
well, J-M din't crash (at that super special or anywhere else for that matter) cause he was going too slow ya know.

McRae wrecked a couple parking-lots-ful of Fords Scoobies and Citroens, so why din't he get sent down to GpN?
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well, J-M din't crash (at that super special or anywhere else for that matter) cause he was going too slow ya know.

McRae wrecked a couple parking-lots-ful of Fords Scoobies and Citroens, so why din't he get sent down to GpN?
I'm not saying he's a bad driver, just needs to learn some composure is all. Crashing in a Super Special when you are more than clear of the third place driver, all while losing 8 points for yourself and your team, is pretty bad. With a little more concentration, he'd be top 3 for sure (ala Danni Sordo). I'd have to think that Ford would be winning the team championship for sure if he was a little more cautious in more than a few rallies.

And Colin had championships to back up his mistakes
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*** Newbie Alert aka lost touch with the sport Alert***

ahh can some one PM my why Subaru and Mistu are out? I just finished watching Itala last night.

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ahh can some one PM my why Subaru and Mistu are out? I just finished watching Itala last night.

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Seriously?!?

Mitsu's been gone a few years now. Subaru exited the end of last year, mainly due to new regulations that will require an entirely different car come 2011 (something like a justy...), and financial reasons. Mads Ostberg still drives one of the Prodrive built STI's, but without proper backing (or a car that can compete with the Citreons and Fords), he's still a middle of the pack driver. Petter Solberg runs a private Citreon X-Sara and has done rather well with it, Chris Atkinson is home watching
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^ yea I know I'm beat

Just finishes Race 2 of Poland... man Lobe was on a killing spree... I'm sure that crash messed up his mojo.

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New Rules? hum... Justy/Fiasta what does citroen have in their lineup?
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Looks like Citreon have committed to the next 2 years as well, though they do not have solid info on cars/drivers at the moment. Would be hard to imagine Loeb going anywhere else, though. And if Sordo's smart, he'll stick around.
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...and how many cars did McRae stuff, roll, launch off cliffs and wad into balls on his way up? Dozens. He was also not immune to crashing out while leading or while running well up the leaderboard. This is not a criticism, it was why the fans loved him so much--he was always SO committed.

Ford must see real potential in Latvala, otherwise Malcolm Wilson woulda tossed him off a bridge by now. Latvala probably also is bringing serious sponsorship coin into the team as well. Even factory squads really need somebody else's extra cash. Am sure Latvala feels the pressure, running for a high-profile team is what teaches you composure under fire.

Also remember that Subaru dumped Hirvonen due to 'lack of maturity' aka multiple wrecks and disappointing crash-outs. To the Ford team's credit he's really blossomed in the Focus.

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